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Honda CR-V on displayA class action lawsuit has been filed against Honda claiming that a design flaw in its 2015-2017 Model CR-V SUVs causes noxious gas fumes to be able to infiltrate the inside of the vehicle. The suit alleges that the company is aware of this design flaw and has failed to repair or replace the affected vehicles.

According to the complaint, new Hondas are covered by a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. However, the suit states that the company refuses to honor the warranty for owners who have complained of gas fumes leaking into the interior of the vehicles.

The plaintiffs allege that the incidences of gas fumes entering the passenger cabin were noticed within the first year of vehicle ownership. They claim that the fumes caused them to suffer from headaches and stomach aches and prevented them from using their vehicles. The suit alleges that Honda has been aware of the problem since 2015 because of buyer complaints, but has not offered any remedy under the warranty.

The suit states that the problem is not dependent on how long the car has been running nor on driving conditions. The plaintiffs said they would not have purchased the vehicle if they had known about the problem, and claims that they were deceived by Honda, stating that, “class members made their decisions to purchase their Honda CR-V based [on] Honda’s misleading marketing that concealed the true, defective nature of the Honda CR-V.”

The complaint alleges breach of warranty and violations of state consumer fraud laws. The suit was filed in Illinois and joins another class action also filed in that state in 2016. It seeks to represent a nationwide Class of buyers who purchased a model year 2015, 2016 or 2017 Honda CR-V and have reported problems with gas fumes leaking into the cabin of the compact SUVs.

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